Backpacking Visayas | Day 4: Bacolod, The City That Made Me Smile (All day)

Backpacking Visayas | Day 4: Bacolod, The City That Made Me Smile (All day)

Day 4 – The Ruins + Great food + Balay Negrense

The part that I was most excited about was the Bacolod leg. As I have always wanted to visit the ruins.

How to get there: Ride a jeepney bound for Bata and tell the driver to drop you off at Pepsi Bottling Plant. There are tricycles waiting there that are ready to take you straight to the Ruins.

Upon arrival, you need to pay P100. You need to walk a little to reach the ruins, then which you can sit down inside while waiting for the tour guide to start. Roger was funny as hell! I actually enjoyed how he explained how the ruins started. It’s dubbed as the Taj Mahal of the Philippines as it was also made out of love for a woman.

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Since we came early, there weren’t a lot of people.

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Feeling hungry at around 11am, we decided to go to 21 Restaurant, which is located along Lacson, to have lunch.

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Must Try: Pepper Steak!

Then, dessert at Calea!

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After having dessert, we then got on jeepney to the terminal then took a Silay bound Bus. Ask the conductor to drop you off at El Ideal bakery. From there, you can walk to Balay Negrense.

Then we had to go back to Bacolod and took the Ceres bus to Dumaguete.

Backpacking Visayas | Day 3: Batchoy and Bacolod Chicken Inasal Lovin’

Backpacking Visayas | Day 3: Batchoy and Bacolod Chicken Inasal Lovin’

Day 3 – Hello, Iloilo! What’s good, Bacolod?

Upon arriving at Iloilo City, we rode a cab to One Lourdes Dormitel.  Since it was a little late, we decided to just order food from Alberto’s Pizza. (I believe they are open until 2am!)

The next day, we decided to visit Museo Iloilo.

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Museo Iloilo, Bonifacio Dr., Iloilo City

The museum is a little small, though the staff were very knowledgeable about everything. Iloilo has a rich historical past, it was once called the “Queen City of the South”, according to one of the staff. They also suggested that we visit Guimaras, however we didn’t have time as we were planning to go to Bacolod after.

Museo de Iloilo is open everyday (Monday to Saturday at 9am-5pm and Sunday at 10am-6pm). Admission fee is P15 for students and P50 for adults.

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From the museum, you can take a “La Paz”,  “Jaro CPU”, or “Jaro Liko” jeepney going to Lapaz Market.

We had lunch at one of the well-known batchoy places, Netong’s Original Special La Paz Batchoy Restaurant.

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Food is really affordable and I really like that it’s inside the public market, makes it feel more authentic! For P120, the serving is really big! I also got some puto. I was really full after!

After filling our tummies with delicious batchoy, we visited the Jaro Cathedral.

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Jaro Belfry

From the Cathedral, we were supposed to ride a cab to Dumangas port which is a little far, however the cab driver told us about new Iloilo Ferry Terminal in Barangay Obrero in Lapuz, Iloilo City. So we asked him to take us there, so we can take the ferry to Bacolod. It takes around an hour and costs around P230.

Upon arrival, we took a cab to Ong Bun Pension House. (Worst mistake ever! Read reviews here.) Please find another place to stay at.

During dinnertime, we decided to eat at Aida’s Manukan!

Beer + Chicken Inasal FTW! The place was hot, it was noisy, but the food was awesome!

After dinner, we bought some freshly made piyaya at Bong Bong’s and just stayed at the plaza. We walked around the city, as we didn’t want to stay at the pension house. LOL. It was a crazy day, but we still enjoyed the night, dancing the running man at the Bacolod Plaza! HAHA!